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Weirdest Pitching Ejection Ever

That was intense

posted by bender at 05:48 PM on May 04, 2022

Arizona Coyotes Are Moving to a 5,100-Seat Arena

If that Glendale study was conducted well, it's hard to imagine why they team thinks they could expect substantially different results in Tempe.

posted by bender at 02:01 PM on May 02, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Whoa! That was wild.

posted by bender at 08:56 AM on April 18, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I can't believe Bacot only missed a minute of play after rolling his ankle, and simply walked it off.

posted by bender at 02:47 PM on April 04, 2022

World Cup 2022 Draw

FIFA #1 Brazil has a group match on Thanksgiving Day, and USA plays England on Black Friday.

posted by bender at 01:57 PM on April 01, 2022

First known transgender athlete to win Division I national championship

That letter from the Governor of Utah is really quite something. The stats in the screenshot in the linked tweet are eye-opening, although the rest of his letter is a well-reasoned and thoughtful treatise on the entire process and what's at stake and how laws should be passed. Good for him for calling on his own party colleagues to put down the pitchforks and think comprehensively about what they're doing. Now, he does suggest that he expects his veto to be overridden, though he also appeals to their sensibilities in that he expects passage to result in a number of lawsuits and potentially big cost impacts.

posted by bender at 02:40 PM on March 25, 2022

Cleveland Browns Sell Their Soul for DeShawn Watson

This is a very disappointing signing.

posted by bender at 01:44 PM on March 19, 2022

MLB Will Ban the Defensive Shift

Me neither. I'm not saying I love it, but if the defense is so confident they know where the ball will go that they will leave gaps in some areas to load up in the hot spots, that does not sound like a problem that needs a regulatory solution.

posted by bender at 12:24 PM on March 08, 2022

Russia and Belarus Suspended From International Hockey Play

FIFA and UEFA have now booted Russia as well.

posted by bender at 01:26 PM on March 01, 2022

SportsFilter Playoff Pickem Champion: Ic23b

A Costanza just two years removed from my championship in this contest. The NFL really is the league with the most parity!

Congratulations ic23b!

posted by bender at 01:22 PM on February 20, 2022

Rams Win Super Bowl 0x38

The thing is, though, the make-up call should have happened in the third quarter, not at the end of the game when one of the teams was knocking on the door of scoring a TD that could determine the outcome of the game.

Definitely. Hard to say if the ref was intentionally making a make-up call or not, but if he was, that timing was brutal on Cincinnati.

posted by bender at 10:50 AM on February 14, 2022

Rams Win Super Bowl 0x38

The Rams' go-ahead TD drive--where everyone in the world knew the ball was going to Kupp, but they still got it to him over and over anyway--was very impressive. Of course, the defensive holding penalty that kept that drive alive was extremely weak, but I suppose that offset the non-called offensive pass interference on the Bengals' first play of the 2nd half.

Disappointed the Bengals couldn't hang on, but that was an entertaining and well-battled game.

posted by bender at 08:52 AM on February 14, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x38 Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 3 (lock)
Passer: Joe Burrow
Rusher: Sony Michel
Receiver: Ja'Marr Chase
Player with interception: Vonn Bell
Player with sack: Sam Hubbard
Player with first turnover: Matthew Stafford
Super Bowl MVP: Joe Burrow
Tiebreaker: 57, Cincinnati 30-27 LA

Fair to say, from a rooting standpoint, that Cincinnati is America's Team today?

My friend suggested that the Bengals should encourage any nearby "-boro"'s to change their spelling to "-burrow" and pick up any costs to do so, that it would make a fun historical nugget in the future.

Eating buffalo cauliflower, black lentils, and guacamole, and probably a combination in the form of nachos. Drinking a Baltic porter that my friend brought me from a friend's brewery in Connecticut and Bodhi DIPA that I brought back recently from Columbus.

posted by bender at 10:21 AM on February 13, 2022

What the USMNT Need to Qualify

[Double post]

posted by bender at 02:28 PM on February 06, 2022

What the USMNT Need to Qualify

We did. In a 2012 friendly.

Yep, and followed that up with a draw in our next WCQ at Azteca (2013), which was our second ever WCQ result at Mexico.

USMNT's play in the most recent set of three games left a bit to be desired, however (1) the team got a bit better with each game, (2) the cold weather at all three stops can be viewed as having hampered play (for everyone), and (3) six points still leaves them in a solid position to qualify. The stakes go up in March, and the difficulty increases--playing the three teams we are looking to stay ahead of.

There is good reason to be optimistic for the World Cup, if/when that qualification eventually comes. We have a very youthful team that has shown a lot of raw talent and a lot of upside. With the World Cup not until November, there are several months for them to develop further.

*Aside: I made the trip to Columbus for the match against El Salvador. That really is a beautiful new stadium they have there, and there was a raucous crowd to go with it. Even having to wait well into the second half for the lone goal to be scored, the entire stadium was on its feed for the entire match.

posted by bender at 02:28 PM on February 06, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm not seeing it either. I feel like maybe it has more to do with the sleeves being tucked behind so they look like red banners--similar to what Nazi rallies have in every movie with them--rather than jerseys.

posted by bender at 02:38 PM on February 02, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 3: 13 Seconds Edition

Narc!!!

Ha! When I made my pics last week, I lamented that I had missed picking the first three games (and props) and possibly left a bunch of points on the table. It's only fair to note now, that I would have scored more points in round 2 if I had made no picks at all.

posted by bender at 02:25 PM on January 30, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 3: 13 Seconds Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 3 (lock)
49ers by (lock)
Passer: Joe Burrow
Rusher: Deebo Samuel
Receiver: Ja'Marr Chase
Player with sack: Nick Bosa

I believe I actually earned a -10 for last week rather than simply 0 (unless we have rules that prevent us going into the red).

posted by bender at 10:19 AM on January 30, 2022

'13 Seconds' Joins 'Wide Right' and 'Music City Miracle'

That's not unreasonable.

posted by bender at 11:38 AM on January 26, 2022

'13 Seconds' Joins 'Wide Right' and 'Music City Miracle'

I think Goyoucolts has it nailed WRT the squib kick. Either that additional 10-20 yards or kick return time probably take the option of a FG to win off the table. Though how did the Bills allow a 30-yard play on the penultimate snap??

I guess I'm in the minority that the sudden death overtime rule that the NFL currently has is just fine?

My initial reaction was to be disappointed that so much seemed to hinge on the coin toss here. However, with the requirement of the first team to score a TD and the fact that the Bills really blew the golden opportunity to stop the game from going to OT in the first place, I'm over it. I think you could entertain going to a full quarter for OT, however, any OT is extraordinarily taxing on the players, so the teams do not want the games to be any longer than they need to be. I think OT is probably as good as it can be as-is.

posted by bender at 11:29 AM on January 25, 2022

Horror-themed Super Bowl LVI

I think the logo is amusing, though I understand why there would be some pushback, and I can imagine the gang violence connotations that will be raised with the game being in LA. I suppose going all-in on the slasher theme as NoMich suggested could have mitigated that concern.

The fail for me--like some previous years--is that the Lombardi Trophy is commensurate in size with the roman numeral, which contains an I, but the Lombardi Trophy does not replace that I. At least LIVI is not a roman numeral. The logos (shown in the link) for LI, LII, and LV that include a trophy that make them look like LII, LIII, and LIV, respectively, are ridiculous and confusing.

posted by bender at 11:22 AM on January 25, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 2: Hand the Ref the Ball Edition

Another good question

posted by bender at 02:34 PM on January 24, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 2: Hand the Ref the Ball Edition

Yeah, that was disappointing that winning the coin toss would be such a significant advantage. But what were the Bills doing on the play before KC's field goal to tie??

posted by bender at 10:03 PM on January 23, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 2: Hand the Ref the Ball Edition

My picks:

Titans by 7 (lock)
Packers by 13
Buccaneers by 3
Bills by 5
Passer: Tom Brady
Rusher: Derrick Henry
Receiver: Tyreek Hill
Player with interception: Kevin Byard

3/3 in games I picked last week"too bad I didn't pick the first three. Go Titans!

posted by bender at 10:37 AM on January 22, 2022

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I saw on Twitter that this is the first ever playoff game where a team had 0 kicks and 0 turnovers--that every possession ended in either a touchdown or end of half. I'd hazard a guess that there aren't a lot of regular season games that meet those criteria either. Very impressive by the Bills, and I'd imagine extra satisfying that it happened against New England.

posted by bender at 01:33 PM on January 16, 2022

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

49ers by 3
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Rams by 4 (lock)

So that's not a great start, not picking the first 3 games. Better make some locks.

posted by bender at 01:28 PM on January 16, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

posted by bender at 05:39 PM on January 09, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 18: All the Marbles Edition

Well, -10's all around on the Jags!

posted by bender at 04:11 PM on January 09, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 18: All the Marbles Edition

My picks:

Broncos by 4 (lock)
Eagles by 3
Bengals by 8 (lock)
Packers by 11 (lock)
Vikings by 8 (lock)
Giants by 6 (lock)
Colts by 18 (lock)
Steelers by 5
Titans by 12 (lock)
Saints by 7 (lock)
Bills by 18 (lock)
Rams by 7 (lock)
Patriots by 7 (lock)
Cardinals by 17 (lock)
Buccaneers by 7 (lock)
Chargers by 7

posted by bender at 01:59 PM on January 08, 2022

Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic Can't Enter Australia

I appreciate Australia standing their ground here. If you're going to have a policy in place for public safety, your reasons for allowing individual exemption from it have got to be more compelling than "sports star wants to play in a tournament."

posted by bender at 09:47 AM on January 06, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 17: Streaky Dolphins Edition

My picks:

Bills by 14 (lock)
Giants by 7
Bengals by 6
Titans by 10 (lock)
Colts by 17 (lock)
Patriots by 20 (lock)
Buccaneers by 5
Eagles by 5
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Broncos by 7
49ers by 17 (lock)
Cardinals by 7
Saints by 12 (lock)
Seahawks by 5
Packers by 14 (lock)
Browns by 4

posted by bender at 07:59 PM on December 31, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 16: Cincinnati Nightlife Edition

Revised picks:

Packers by 14 (lock)
Cardinals by 10 (lock)
Falcons by 3
Bengals by 6
Vikings by 7
Bills by 5
Jets by 10 (lock)
Giants by 4
Buccaneers by 7
Chargers by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 3
Chiefs by 12 (lock)
Broncos by 7
Washington by 3
Saints by 14 (lock)

posted by bender at 01:34 AM on December 24, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 16: Cincinnati Nightlife Edition

My picks:

Titans by 7 (lock)

posted by bender at 03:14 PM on December 23, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 15: Don't Kick Your Kicker Edition

My picks:

Chiefs by 3
Raiders by 10
Colts by 4
Bills by 7 (lock)
Cardinals by 18 (lock)
Jets by 2
Cowboys by 6
Eagles by 5
Titans by 3
Jaguars by 2
Broncos by 14 (lock)
49ers by 17 (lock)
Rams by 8
Packers by 5
Saints by 9
Vikings by 10 (lock)

posted by bender at 03:35 PM on December 16, 2021

Steph Curry Breaks NBA 3-Pointer Record at MSG

In that visualization, there's a big spike in shots from way downtown in the 2015-16 season, which seems interesting.

posted by bender at 10:39 AM on December 16, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 14: Franco Harris Edition

My picks:

Vikings by 3
Ravens by 7
Titans by 10 (lock)
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Saints by 4
Washington by 4
Falcons by 4
Seahawks by 6
Broncos by 17 (lock)
Chargers by 10 (lock)
Bengals by 3
Bills by 5
Packers by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 15 (lock)

posted by bender at 10:38 AM on December 09, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 13: Jacksonville vs. Jalen Edition

My picks:

Saints by 3
Falcons by 3
Cardinals by 10 (lock)
Bengals by 5
Vikings by 4
Dolphins by 10 (lock)
Jets by 3
Colts by 7
Raiders by 4
Rams by 17 (lock)
Ravens by 16 (lock)
Seahawks by 12 (lock)
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Bills by 7 (lock)

posted by bender at 08:41 AM on December 09, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 13: Jacksonville vs. Jalen Edition

Saints by 3
Falcons by 3
Cardinals by 10 LOCK
Bengals by 5
Vikings by 4
Dolphins by 10 LOCK
Jets by 3
Colts by 7
Raiders by 4
Rams by 17 LOCK
Ravens by 16 LOCK
Seahawks by 12 LOCK
Chiefs by 10 LOCK
Bills by 7 LOCK

posted by bender at 12:01 AM on December 05, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 13: Jacksonville vs. Jalen Edition

I also still can't get in to make picks. I also tried Firefox, in case Chrome was the problem, but no dice.

posted by bender at 01:43 PM on December 03, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 13: Jacksonville vs. Jalen Edition

I'm not sure why I can't get to the picks page right now, but in the event that I am unable to before tonight's game starts, my pick for tonight is

Saints by 3

posted by bender at 06:19 PM on December 02, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turkey Bowl Edition

My picks:

Lions by 2
Cowboys by 17 (lock)
Saints by 4
Bengals by 5
Colts by 3
Panthers by 7 (lock)
Titans by 5
Eagles by 7
Jaguars by 3
Texans by 7 (lock)
Broncos by 10 (lock)
Packers by 7 (lock)
49ers by 15 (lock)
Ravens by 12 (lock)
Washington by 3

After a couple of decent weeks, looks like I'm back in the relegation zone.

posted by bender at 09:52 AM on November 25, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 11: Cam Newton is Back Edition

My picks:

Falcons by 3
Bills by 7 (lock)
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Browns by 10 (lock)
Titans by 14 (lock)
Packers by 6
Jets by 2
Saints by 9
Panthers by 5
49ers by 7
Raiders by 7
Chiefs by 2
Seahawks by 5
Chargers by 3
Buccaneers by 4

posted by bender at 02:58 PM on November 18, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 10: That Wasn't Taunting Edition

My picks:

Ravens by 13 (lock)
Cowboys by 5
Titans by 7
Colts by 14 (lock)
Patriots by 3
Bills by 10 (lock)
Steelers by 17 (lock)
Buccaneers by 7
Cardinals by 6
Chargers by 3
Broncos by 10 (lock)
Packers by 7
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Rams by 7

posted by bender at 10:08 AM on November 11, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 9: Mike White Edition

My picks:

Colts by 7 (lock)
Bengals by 7
Cowboys by 10 (lock)
Dolphins by 2
Saints by 12 (lock)
Raiders by 5
Panthers by 7
Bills by 3
Ravens by 5
Eagles by 5
Chiefs by 7
Cardinals by 5
Rams by 3
Steelers by 10 (lock)

posted by bender at 05:12 PM on November 04, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 8: Bungles No More Edition

My picks:

Cardinals by 7
Panthers by 4
Bills by 12 (lock)
Bears by 2
Browns by 6
Eagles by 14 (lock)
Titans by 20 (lock)
Jets by 3
Rams by 4
Seahawks by 17 (lock)
Broncos by 14 (lock)
Saints by 5
Vikings by 3
Chiefs by 13 (lock)

posted by bender at 07:14 PM on October 28, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 7: Thanks Brocephus Edition

Revised picks:

Packers by 014 (lock)
Titans by 3
Falcons by 5
Patriots by 3
Panthers by 010 (lock)
Ravens by 06
Raiders by 03
Rams by 021 (lock)
Cardinals by 027 (lock)
49ers by 09 (lock)
Seahawks by 07 (lock)

posted by bender at 07:59 PM on October 21, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 7: Thanks Brocephus Edition

My picks:

Browns by 6

posted by bender at 07:54 PM on October 21, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Eagles by 3
Dolphins by 4
Packers by 12 (lock)
Bengals by 5
Colts by 8 (lock)
Rams by 6
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Vikings by 5
Ravens by 12 (lock)
Cardinals by 2
Broncos by 10
Patriots by 3
Steelers by 3
Titans by 7

posted by bender at 07:00 PM on October 14, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 3
Bengals by 5
Vikings by 12 (lock)
Broncos by 3
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Washington by 5
Panthers by 14 (lock)
Titans by 3
Texans by 2
Raiders by 7
Browns by 3
Cowboys by 12 (lock)
Cardinals by 5
Chiefs by 3
Ravens by 14 (lock)

posted by bender at 10:48 AM on October 08, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Seahawks by 10 (lock)

posted by bender at 11:11 PM on October 06, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 2
Bills by 14 (lock)
Bears by 7
Cowboys by 5
Colts by 3
Browns by 3
Saints by 14 (lock)
Titans by 10 (lock)
Chiefs by 4
Rams by 5
Seahawks by 3
Ravens by 7
Packers by 12 (lock)
Buccaneers by 5
Raiders by 4

posted by bender at 10:43 AM on October 03, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 13 (lock)

posted by bender at 08:50 AM on September 30, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 3: Cardiac Cardinals Edition

Revised picks:

Bills by 7
Browns by 10 (lock)
Ravens by 9 (lock)
Titans by 12 (lock)
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Saints by 6
Giants by 3
Steelers by 8 (lock)
Cardinals by 7
Broncos by 3
Raiders by 7
Rams by 4
Vikings by 3
49ers by 5
Cowboys by 7

posted by bender at 10:11 AM on September 26, 2021

See Jordan Spieth's Moon Shot

Neat

posted by bender at 11:22 AM on September 25, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 3: Cardiac Cardinals Edition

My picks:

Texans by 2

posted by bender at 01:42 PM on September 23, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 2: Pay Chandler Jones the Money Edition

My picks:

Bears by 3
Browns by 7 (lock)
Colts by 3
Bills by 3
Patriots by 3
Eagles by 14 (lock)
Steelers by 6
Saints by 10 (lock)
Jaguars by 2
Cardinals by 5
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Cowboys by 4
Seahawks by 4
Ravens by 3
Packers by 3

posted by bender at 06:10 PM on September 17, 2021

Qualifier Emma Raducanu Wins U.S. Open

Wow! That is incredible. Congratulations to her!

posted by bender at 11:51 AM on September 12, 2021

Play the SportsFilter NFL Pickem

My picks:

Buccaneers by 7
Falcons by 3
Bills by 7 (lock)
Vikings by 4
49ers by 5
Titans by 12 (lock)
Colts by 2
Washington by 4
Panthers by 2
Jaguars by 3
Chiefs by 6
Dolphins by 3
Saints by 6 (lock)
Broncos by 3
Bears by 3
Raiders by 7 (lock)

posted by bender at 05:18 PM on September 07, 2021

Bishop Sycamore, Patron Saint of Football

This Bishop Sycamore thing is wild. My friend sent me this article yesterday, also on Awful Announcing. This part particularly got my attention:

"They had an address that they reported to have school out of. I go to that address and no one is there. I ask the people there if they've ever heard of these people, and they said "No, never heard of them. There's no school here." Which led to them obviously being declared not a school for OHSAA purposes, and led to their school charter being revoked by the Ohio Department of Education."

posted by bender at 12:02 AM on September 02, 2021

Yankees Fan Throws Baseball at Red Sox Outfielder

Ridiculous

posted by bender at 12:27 PM on July 18, 2021